Knowledge Identifier: +Margaret_Rutherford
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1892.
Countries: United Kingdom (84%), United States (8%), France (4%)
Linked to: Oxford University Press, The School for Scandal, Wimbledon High School, Labour Party
Rutherford made her first appearance in London's West End in 1933 but her talent was not recognised by the critics until her performance as Miss Prism in the play "The Importance of Being Earnest" at the Globe Theatre in 1939
Although she made her film debut in 1936, it would be Rutherford's turn as Madame Arcati in David Lean's film of "Blithe Spirit" that would actually establish her screen success
Totally against type, she played the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers in Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca" at the Queen's Theatre in 1940
In 1941 Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit" opened on the London stage at the Piccadilly Theatre, with Coward himself directing
Rutherford married character actor Stringer Davis in 1945 and the couple appeared in many productions together
Her post-war theatre credits included Miss Prism in "The Importance of Being Earnest" again at the Haymarket Theatre in 1946 and Lady Bracknell when the same play transferred to New York in 1947
She played an officious headmistress in "The Happiest Days of Your Life" at the Apollo Theatre in 1948 and such classical roles as Madame Desmortes in "Ring Round the Moon" , Lady Wishfort in "The Way of the World" and Mrs Candour in "The School for Scandal"
Joyce Grenfell - During the 1950s she made her name as a sidekick to such comedy greats as Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford in films such as "The Happiest Days of Your Life" and the St Trinian's series
Noel Streatfeild - "Aunt Clara" was filmed in 1954 with Margaret Rutherford in the title role
In 1963 Rutherford was awarded an Academy award and Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the absent-minded, impoverished, pill-popping Duchess of Brighton, the only light relief, in Terence Rattigan's "The V.I.P.s", a film featuring a star-studded cast led by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Damaris Hayman - In a radio programme on Margaret Rutherford at the end of 2012 it was stated that Hayman acted as a stand-in for the actress